ART INSPIRED BY ONE NATION, NOW DIVIDED: Life feels a little empty in terms of personal long-term goals and aspirations, so I have been thinking about everything that I have seen, achieved and been able to experience. One of the times in my life that I can never properly convey the impact of, was when I lived in Sudan. It was an eye-opening and humbling experience. I find myself thinking back to those times a lot recently. Now that I am more mature and grounded I do feel like going back and doing a bit of volunteer work, not least to reawaken my sense of ambition and motivation. So I decided to try and find some artwork inspired by the country. I came across this touching painting, featuring a mother and child by Kate Wolfe-Jensen. The colours used here are lush and easy on the eyes. I like how detailed Wolfe-Jensen painted the mother’s head dress and dress. The image conveys the reality of what life is like for mothers in the country, but isn’t visually traumatic. I would venture that this painting was inspired by a woman who had enough means to feed her child, although that’s sadly not always the case. This painting was created for the 2006 ‘Sudan Art Benefit’ concert. Although Sudan is not split into two countries; Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan, I would hope that we can help out both countries (Southern Sudan in particular) with similar charity efforts, as both countries are ailing in terms of economic and social welfare. This beautiful image reminds me of the humility and upbeat attitude of the people there, and serves as incentive to visit and help sometime in the near future.